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We started cooking together in the summer of 2015 and have planned and cooked a dinner every week since. Our recipes are often inspired by the New York Times’ cooking website but are adapted to fit Muncie availability and a college budget. It's cold, there was an election this week, and chicken pot pie solves pretty much any problem.
Chicken pot pie
Estimated cost per serving: $1.35
- Refrigerated pie crust (they come in a pack of two)
- 1 chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 3/4 of a white onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
- One egg
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and cook the chicken all the way through (about 5-7 minutes). Set aside.
- While the chicken cooks, carefully place one of the crusts in the bottom of a pie pan. Do your best to center the crust, and don't worry if some hangs off the edge.
- In a large pot, melt the butter and add the onion. Stir frequently for about three minutes, until the onions become soft and translucent.
- Add the flour and stir constantly until the mixture thickens. Add the chicken broth, stir and add milk. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens.
- Add the chicken and peas and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into the crust.
- Place the second crust over the top. Use a knife to slice six slits in the top, which will allow steam to escape while the pie bakes.
- Beat the egg and brush the mixture over the top of the crust. This will cause the crust to become golden brown as it bakes.
- Bake the pot pie for 35 minutes. Rest for five minutes before serving.